Legazpi City- Half million pesos, the top prize for the 2016 National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)-ISP Business Plan competition was pocketed by an active Bicolano Seaman, late last week during its grand awarding ceremony at the prestigious Century Park Hotel, Manila.
“It’s a lucky time for Bicol. This is another national award by year-end.” DOLE Bicol OIC regional director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.
The half-million peso winner, Mr. Ryan Mark A. Antiquera, a native of Manito, Albay, is an active seaman for 6-years and is currently aboard the Philippine Transmarines Carriers.
His winning business plan entry, the 12-pages “Soft Broom Making” was judged as the best business plan in the entire country. The entries are adjudged based on the project feasibility, use of raw materials, and impact on community development.
According to NRCO Bicol Coordinator Ms. Kristina Briguera-Oliveros, the ‘Soft Broom Making’ captivated the national judges due to its livelihood impact not only to the plan maker but the entire community as well since ‘soft broom’ is said to be the popular native product of Manito, Albay.
The Soft Broom Making plan includes the cultivation, planting of tiger grass, of the owner’s 7-hectare agricultural property up to the actual making of the soft broom. In planting the tiger grass alone, the project is already expected to employ some 20-30 local farmers and more employment is expected to be generated come the actual production of the soft broom. The soft broom making in said area is a local skill and has even become more like a “part time” hobby of stay-home mothers.
“The raw materials are available and the skills are inherent to locals. We believe that this business plan will really take off. With this project, we are even eyeing Manito as the future global exporter of soft broom,” DOLE Bicol OIC regional director Atty. Ma. Karina-Perida Trayvilla said.
The “Soft Broom Business Plan” has topped the 40-submitted entries nationwide but another Bicolano entry from Mr. And Mrs. Allan Delfin of Libmanan, Camarines Sur “Producing and Selling Naturally Gorwn Rice, Ducks and Eggs through Integrated Rice-Duck Farming System” has also entered the top 40 slot and has won a consolation prize of P20,000.00 and tapestry from Rome worth about P70,000.00.
“Technically we have 2 winners from Bicol. Although, the entry of the spouses Delfin’s were in the consolation prize, for us, DOLE and NRCO Bicol they are still winners.” DOLE Bicol OIC regional director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla added.
With the half million cash prize, the “Soft Broom Making” project is expected to start by December this year. – fin.
ISO PR Code: 2016_86_gud_nov1_nrco_seaman
Department of Labor and Employment
Regional Office No. 5 (DOLE-Bicol)
24 November 2016, rpescalante